Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Number 24: Marcus Aurelius Bust from Brackley

A roughly half life-size representation in coppery alloy of a Roman personage or god, this is now believed to be a bust of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It was found in 1976 by a farm worker who took it to a museum at the time which thought the discovery was nothing special. Luckily the finder and his wife kept the bust and showed it to Anni Byard of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who recognised its likely antiquity. The striking profile of the bust, which is likely due to it being modeled on a coin, may indicate that it was of local (British) manufacture rather than being an import. This is supported by the stylised beard of the emperor, a Romano-British trait.

Photo Credit Portable Antiquities Scheme

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